Saturday, January 6, 2007
How to become a more competent and ethical lawyer? Says Carnegie, "Practice."
Not really. There is actually a call for the law school to make a difference in the realistic training of young and aspiring lawyers to become socially responsible and focused on clients rather than just case law. In a new report issued this week, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching seeks more academic training in practical and ethical skills. Their press release, Carnegie Examines the Education of Lawyers and Calls for Change, is here. The full report can be ordered ($40) from Wiley here, and a 15-page summary in PDF format is down-laudable here.
As noted by the Chronicle of Higher Education, "By focusing on cases rather than clients, law schools offer too little practical training or grounding in ethics and social responsibility, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching concluded in a report issued on Thursday." [Alan Childress, with HT to Ray Diamond]